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[19] I will not stop to point out how useful and how becoming a task it is for a good man to defend his friends, to guide the senate by his counsels, and to lead peoples or armies to follow his bidding; I merely ask, is it not a noble thing, by employing the understanding which is common to mankind and the words that are used by all, to win such honour and glory that you seem not to speak or plead, but rather, as was said of Pericles, to thunder and lighten?1

1 cp. Aristoph. Ach. 530: “Then in his wrath Pericles the Olympian lightened and thundered and threw all Greece into confusion.”

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